A Certified Public Accountant with master’s degrees in Business Management and English Language Teaching, Melanie T. Lim was born and raised in Cebu. While proudly homegrown, she concedes her time in the United States as well as the People’s Republic of China has shaped her internationalist views. Her multicultural orientation stems from her love of travel which has brought her to 47 countries. In 2000, she was awarded the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Award (CAMMA) for Best Column. Writing is one of her passions, the other three being traveling, designing and doing housework. She is a certified workaholic who continues to work at seriously learning “how to chill.”
AS WE celebrate International Women’s Day each year, I pause and think about how lucky I am to have lived a life substantially free from gender bias.
I was raised in a largely liberal household though I can’t say my mother didn’t have old-fashioned ideas about women. Fortunately, my father was the perennial Devil’s advocate. That paved the way for enlightenment in our home.
RAPE is a difficult crime to prove. In the absence of physical evidence as well as witnesses, the situation evolves into a contentious “he said, she said’ case.
Actor, comedian and host Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro has been accused of rape, first by model Deniece Cornejo and now by former beauty pageant contestant Roxanne Acosta-Cabanero. The actor denies these charges and alleges he is a victim of extortion.
There have been too many public bus crashes of late that these accidents can no longer be called isolated.
The riding public now has to face the horror of this scenario becoming the norm.
ANOTHER whistleblower comes forward with testimony in the biggest corruption scandal of the country.
We’ve always known that corruption is rife in our country. Many of us actually believe that government officials who do not steal are the aberration.
WAS it rape, extortion or both? Who speaks the truth?
Actor, comedian and host Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro has been accused of rape. He denies this charge and alleges he is a victim of extortion.
SEN. Tito Sotto recently filed Senate Bill 2080 seeking to revive the death penalty in our country. This actually surprises me as Senator Sotto has billed himself as a pro-life advocate but in response to public criticism about his mixed stance on life, Senator Sotto has said that he is “pro-life for the unborn but pro-death to heinous criminals.”
Well, Tito Sotto has simply disproved the stance of pro-life advocates like himself who have insisted that there are no gray areas where life is concerned.
IT does not surprise me. Still, it deeply disappoints me that practically all of the politicians in our country who are accused of corruption come up with an extremely predictable but lame defense—I’m not the only one doing this.
We deflect our transgressions by pointing to others’ transgressions, real, concocted or imagined.
RALPH Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is trying to make you something else is the greatest achievement.”
To be yourself, you need to find yourself first. And that’s not so easy. In the course of living and making choices in life, however, we will, at some point, be compelled to ask ourselves some life-changing questions.
RELIGIOSITY is looked upon with great favor in this country. I, however, look upon it with a mixture of cynicism and perplexity.
IN his New Year blessing, Pope Francis calls for greater solidarity in the world. Solidarity, I believe, means greater tolerance for people’s differences, whether these differences are cultural, social, physical, mental, spiritual, political, religious or racial.
Much of the world’s intolerance has been brought about by old-world ideas of purity. Yet people who speak of a pure race or a small but more committed church are not doing humanity a favor. This philosophy of purity is mere bigotry—bigotry that has paved the way for a lot of injustice and oppression in the world.